Friday, April 12, 2019

Congratulations URCA 2019!

Congratulations to all presenting students, their faculty advisors and the URCA committee for another fabulous Symposium. If you missed it, check out the Facebook photo gallery for some of the scenes of the event. Also save the date for 2020 which is tax day: Wednesday, April 15, 2020!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Dingus Wins Top Poster Award

Junior Abbi Dingus, a double major in Biology and Biochemistry, won the top undergraduate poster award at the Ohio State University Plant Sciences Symposium, which was held March 30th in Columbus, OH. Abbi's poster, entitled "Density-dependent growth responses of Arabidopsis to copper: High densities are beneficial for efficient contaminant uptake," summarizes work done for her Honors' thesis under the direction of Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer (Chemistry) and Dr. Soren Brauner (Biology). Collaborating on the project is Dr. Aki Sinkkonen of the University of Helsinki.

Abbi will present her research findings at the URCA Symposium on April 9 at Oral Session IV: 2-3 p.m. in the Trustees Room of the Convocation Center.

Read more at ashlandscience.blogspot.com

Monday, March 11, 2019

URCA 2019 Booklet & Schedule Available

The 2019 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Symposium is quickly approaching on Tuesday, April 9 and the abstract booklet and presentation schedule is now available to view online. 

CAS Dean Dr. Dawn Weber describes URCA as "Following the format of a professional conference, students will present original research, perform theatrical and musical selections, read original creative writing, and exhibit their artwork."

Back by popular demand, two arts and sciences alumni will present their current research and creative activity. 

  • Jennifer Winkler graduated in 2012 with a BFA degree in Fine Art and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education with minors in Spanish and art history. Upon graduation, she worked as a newspaper photographer and as a figure painter and muralist for Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio, traveling with a crew around the United States painting carousels and murals. She is currently an art teacher at Green Local Schools in Smithville, Ohio, teaching grades 6-12 (see p. 9). 
  • Jennifer Tully graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in geology and integrated science education with a minor in biology. She is currently a geologist with Pegasus Technical Services, Inc., in Cincinnati and aids the USEPA Office of Research and Development's examination of drinking water pipe corrosion scales and deposits, along with developing sampling plans to investigate the occurrence of lead in drinking water (see p. 11).
For more information about URCA 2019, be sure to follow this blog for updates.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Abstract Writing Wkshp Jan. 15 | Abstracts Due Jan. 25

This is a reminder of the Friday, January 25, 2019 (5:00 p.m.) deadline for submission of abstracts for the Tenth Annual College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Symposium. This event will highlight the research, scholarly, and creative activities of students throughout the College of Arts and Sciences, and will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.  Please consider submitting your work for this event.

The URCA committee will hold an abstract writing workshop on Tuesday, January 15th at 7:30-9:00 p.m. in room 217 Kettering in order to assist students in polishing their abstracts. 

All students who are declared majors in a program within the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to participate in this year’s Symposium.  Group projects in which some members are majoring outside of the College of Arts and Sciences will be considered by the URCA Committee.  Current students, as well as December 2018 graduates, are welcome to present their work.  Presenters may choose to give an oral presentation, poster presentation, exhibition, or performance.  All presentations should have a significant research or creative component; examples of such include, but are not limited to, summer research conducted at Ashland University or elsewhere, results of independent study projects, thesis work, literary readings or analysis, musical or theatrical performances, and exhibitions of artwork.  All abstracts submitted require approval of a faculty sponsor who is familiar with the student’s work and can attest to the quality of the work.

Examples of acceptable abstracts from the prior years’ events, as well as detailed submission instructions for the abstracts are posted on the URCA blog (http://ashlandurca.blogspot.com). If you have any questions about presenting at the Symposium or the abstract submission process, please contact Jeff Weidenhamer, Director of the URCA Symposium, at jweiden@ashland.edu.

Questions may also be directed to members of the URCA Symposium Committee:

URCA Symposium Committee
Dr. Christopher Burkett, History/Political Science
Dr. Christopher Chartier, Psychology
Dr. Hilary Donatini, English
Dr. Scott Garlock, Music
Dr. Wendy Schaller, Art
Dr. Gordon Swain, Mathematics

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Call for 2019 URCA Abstracts: Due Jan. 25 | Symposium: Apr. 9

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for the 10th Annual College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Symposium. This event will highlight the research, scholarly, and creative activities of students throughout the College of Arts and Sciences, and will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Please consider submitting your work to the Symposium!

All students who are declared majors in a program within the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to participate in this year’s Symposium. Group projects in which some members are majoring outside of the College of Arts and Sciences will be considered by the URCA Committee. Current students, as well as December 2018 graduates, are welcome to present their work. Presenters may choose to give an oral presentation, poster presentation, exhibition, or performance. All presentations should have a significant research or creative component; examples of such include, but are not limited to, summer research conducted at Ashland University or elsewhere, results of independent study projects, thesis work, literary readings or analysis, musical or theatrical performances, and exhibitions of artwork.

All abstracts submitted require approval of a faculty sponsor who is familiar with the student’s work and can attest to the quality of the work. At the time of submission, students will indicate who their faculty sponsor is. The URCA Symposium committee will then contact the sponsor via e-mail to confirm that the sponsor has viewed and approved the abstract. In approving a submission, a faculty sponsor is indicating that the abstract meets the faculty sponsor’s standard for professional work, and that the abstract is print-ready. Submissions that have not been approved by a faculty sponsor will not be accepted for presentation.

Students who wish to present at the Symposium should contact a College of Arts and Sciences faculty member who can act as a faculty sponsor. When the project is ready, the student should work with the faculty sponsor to prepare an abstract in Microsoft Word and email that Word document to the URCA Symposium Committee at au.urca@gmail.com. Students must copy their faculty sponsors on the email that contains the submission. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2019. This deadline is firm.

A complete submission must include ALL of the following:
A. Name of Student Presenter(s)
B. Campus Box Number of Student Presenter(s)
C. Home Address of Student Presenter(s)
D. Class Year (e.g. junior, senior) and Major(s) of Student Presenter(s)
E. Name of Faculty Sponsor
F. College of Arts and Sciences program in which the work is focused (e.g. Biology, Psychology, Music)
G. Title of the Presentation
H. Preferred Format of Presentation (Poster Presentation, 12 Minute Performance, 12 Minute Oral Presentation, or Art Exhibition)
I. Special Equipment Required (PCs and projectors are provided; if no other equipment is needed, please indicate “No special equipment needed”)
J. Body of the Abstract (250 words or fewer)
K. Anticipated Scheduling Conflicts for Symposium on 4/9/19 (e.g. COBE/COE/CON class meetings, athletic events, or other commitments that cannot be moved on this date; if none, please indicate “No scheduling conflicts anticipated”)

Students who would like to see examples of acceptable abstracts may view abstracts from the prior years’ events on URCA blog (http://ashlandurca.blogspot.com). Additionally, these submission instructions and helpful hints for preparing submissions will be archived on the blog. The URCA committee will hold an abstract writing workshop in January in order to assist students in polishing their abstracts. In the meantime, should you have any questions about presenting at the Symposium or the abstract submission process, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer at jweiden@ashland.edu.

Questions may also be directed to members of the URCA Symposium Committee:

Dr. Christopher Burkett, History/Political Science
Dr. Christopher Chartier, Psychology
Dr. Hilary Donatini, English
Dr. Scott Garlock, Music
Dr. Wendy Schaller, Art
Dr. Gordon Swain, Mathematics

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

URCA 2019: Tuesday, Apr. 9

Save the Date for the 10th Annual URCA Symposium scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

URCA Coincides with the National Undergraduate Research Week

On November 16, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives declared the week of April 11, 2011, as Undergraduate Research Week. Since that time, the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) has designated a week in April each year as Undergraduate Research Week. This year, April 9-13, 2018, is Undergraduate Research Week and Ashland University joins in this annual celebration of student inquiry.

To date, more than two dozen events are registered to celebrate URW. When attending tomorrow's presentations at Ashland, we invite you share your experiences on Twitter by including: 
  • #URCA2018 
  • #URW2018
  • Also, if you mention @CURinAction in your tweets, CUR may retweet your post. 
Next week, 60 students research groups are going to Washington, DC, for CUR’s popular Posters on the Hill, which will showcase their work and underscore for congressional representatives, their staff members, and others the value of continued federal investment in undergraduate research.